Dr. Botsford’s Top Oral Hygiene Helpers

Maintaining your oral health is crucial, especially during orthodontic treatment! Dr. Keyan Botsford curated a list of top products she recommends to help keep your smile in shape while you have braces or clear aligners. These items will help you keep your teeth clean, your appliances in great condition, and your breath fresh!

Waterpik Water Flosser

What It Is

The Waterpik Water Flosser is a revolutionary oral hygiene device that uses a stream of pulsating water to remove food particles and plaque between teeth and below the gumline. It's especially effective for people with braces.

How It Works

The Waterpik works by directing a jet of water through a specialized nozzle, which you aim at your gumline and between your teeth. This water jet dislodges debris and cleans areas that traditional brushing and flossing might miss.

  • Effective Cleaning: Reaches deep between teeth and below the gumline.
  • Easy to Use: Ideal for patients with braces, implants, or crowns.
  • Gentle on Gums: Massages and stimulates gum health while cleaning.

Retainer Brite Retainer Cleaning Tablets

What It Is

Retainer Brite is a tablet-based cleaning system designed to sanitize and deodorize removable orthodontic appliances such as retainers, clear aligners, and mouthguards.

How It Works

Place a Retainer Brite tablet in warm water and soak your appliance for 15-20 minutes. The effervescent action lifts away debris and kills 99% of odor-causing bacteria.

  • Sanitizing Action: Keeps appliances clean and free of harmful bacteria.
  • Convenient: Easy to use with a quick soaking process.
  • Odor Control: Helps to eliminate bad odors from your appliances.

StellaLife Oral Rinse

What It Is

StellaLife Oral Rinse is a natural, antimicrobial mouthwash designed to support oral health and healing, which is particularly beneficial during orthodontic treatment.


How It Works

This mouthwash uses a blend of natural ingredients to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and promote healing in the mouth. Swish it around your mouth after brushing to achieve optimal results.

  • Natural Ingredients: Free from alcohol and artificial chemicals.
  • Healing Properties: Promotes oral healing and reduces inflammation.
  • Antimicrobial: Helps control bacteria and maintain oral health.

Fremouth Orthodontic Flossers

What It Is

Fremouth orthodontic flossers are specially designed dental flossers that make it easier to clean between teeth when you have braces.


How It Works

These flossers feature a thin, flexible arm that can navigate around braces and wires, allowing you to floss effectively without damaging your orthodontic appliances.

  • Easy to Use: Simplifies flossing around braces.
  • Effective Cleaning: Helps remove plaque and food particles.
  • Convenient Design: Compact and portable.

Oral-B SuperFloss

What It Is

Oral-B SuperFloss is a versatile dental floss designed for people with braces, bridges, and wide gaps between teeth.

How It Works

SuperFloss features three components: a stiffened-end threader, spongy floss, and regular floss. This unique combination allows for thorough cleaning around braces and other dental work.

  • Versatile: Suitable for various dental appliances and conditions.
  • Comprehensive Cleaning: Reaches under braces and between wide gaps.
  • Easy to Handle: Simplifies the flossing process.


What It Is

Movemints are specially formulated breath mints designed for use with clear aligners. They help keep your breath fresh while wearing aligners and promote proper aligner seating.

How It Works

These mints are sugar-free and shaped to fit comfortably between aligners and your teeth. Chewing on them helps to seat your aligners correctly while freshening your breath.

  • Fresh Breath: Keeps your breath minty fresh while wearing aligners.
  • Aligner Seating: Helps to ensure aligners fit properly.
  • Sugar-Free: Safe for your teeth and aligners.

Make the Most of Your Treatment

Keeping your oral health in top condition is essential, especially during orthodontic treatment. Incorporating these recommended products into your daily routine will help ensure your smile stays bright, healthy, and fresh.

Talk to Dr. Botsford today about these products and find out which ones are best suited for your needs. Start your journey towards a healthier smile today!